Buying a property in the UK if you’ve moved abroad can be time-consuming and frustrating, especially if you are paid in a currency other than UK sterling.
The lack of a permanent UK address can also hinder mortgage applications while many of the usual credit checks that lenders in the UK run do not work sufficiently well where borrowers live and work overseas.
It’s not impossible however and our advisers are specialists in securing attractive rates for British expats in just this position.
Which lenders offer expat mortgages?
Following several changes to the mortgage rules since 2010, the number of British lenders offering expats mortgages in the UK has got a lot smaller.
Unlike with straightforward residential mortgages, it’s much harder to find a list of ‘best buy’ rates. This is where a mortgage broker comes in. We have special relationships with a number of lenders that have experience dealing with expat lending.
These include several smaller building societies and a few specialist lenders that deal only with intermediaries.
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Can I Get an Expat Mortgage?
Lenders are tough on expats because they have to show evidence that they know you can afford to repay the mortgage payments monthly.
If you are paid in a currency other than sterling, your ability to afford the repayments will be affected by the exchange rate between the pound and the currency you are paid in. This means that most lenders will lend you a mortgage on a smaller proportion of your salary than if you were earning in the UK.
There are more options for those looking to borrow more than £100,000 and who already have a mortgage in the UK. Also expats working in a country that is signed up to the Financial Action Task Force and who earn more than £40,000 or the equivalent in US dollars or in euros are in a reasonably strong position.
There is still help we can offer if your income doesn’t fit this mould. Speak to one of advisers for more information.
What About Expat Buy-to-Let?
While some expats look to buy a property for themselves when they’re coming home after working abroad and therefore need a residential mortgage, most expats buy a property at home and rent it out while they live and work abroad.
For this, you will need a buy-to-let mortgage. The way buy-to-let affordability is assessed has become stricter in recent years but generally speaking, you will need to show that the rental income on the property exceeds the mortgage payment at a ratio of 145 per cent.
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Because the mortgage affordability relies on rental income in the UK, this can make it easier to secure than an expat residential mortgage. However, proof of address, credit history and income will still need to be verified, especially as some buy-to-let lenders now ask to see personal income to supplement rental income.
There are still some lenders that accept applications for offshore companies or individuals using trusts based offshore. This is type of lending can be complex in terms of the tax payable, with the government making several changes in recent Budgets to the way in which offshore investments are treated.
For this reason, we would always recommend you get independent tax advice if considering using offshore vehicles. Our advisers are specialist in helping investors using these types of investing structures and would be happy to speak to you about how we can help.
Find Out Current Best Rates
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*APR = Annual Percentage Rate *ERC = Early Repayment Charge
*These figures are only illustrative. An assessment of your needs will be confirmed before a recommendation can be made. A Key Facts Illustration, which is personal to your circumstances, will be provided if a recommendation for a mortgage product is made.
In assessing your requirements, we do not use credit scoring and we can provide an accurate estimate of the amount of borrowing and the viability of your requirements, without effecting your credit score.
We avoid credit searches at the initial stages given that numerous credit searches will impact your ability to access cheap credit. It is clear that too many credit applications in a short period of time will impact your score and whilst it is important to shop around, formal applications for a mortgage can trigger rejections, as it gives the impression you may be desperate for credit. It is essential when making enquiries for any financial product, that the Company does not credit score you, until such time as you have agreed to make a formal application.
We can indicate your chances of approval prior to any application being made and where necessary, can obtain decisions in principle from lenders who do not use credit scoring.
Typically we assist customers who have a number of financial commitments and they are looking to understand how much they can borrow. A number of mortgage calculators are used on the Internet, which provide an indication of the amount of borrowing based on an income multiple. In reality, the calculation is much more complex and varies borrower to borrower and lender to lender. For example, a mortgage calculator may indicate a 4 times income multiple, but given the particular individual circumstances of the client and the lender’s chosen criteria and underwriting, the borrower may actually achieve 6 times income. In contrast, a mortgage calculator may indicate 4 times income, but due to an applicant having financial dependents, certain types of income, such as bonus or commissions, or other financial commitments, the specific lender may only allow 2.5 times income.
Clients we assist tell us from the outset, they would like a guarantee of the amount they can borrow and our knowledge of specific underwriting policies within lenders, allows us to accurately estimate, exactly what is available.
Importantly an initial discussion and agreement through us, does not impact your credit score
Capital Fortune are award winning London based mortgage brokers. We are based in the heart of London’s financial district near the Bank of England. We offer advice to first-time buyers, those moving house and to those looking to re-mortgage their existing deal to get a better mortgage rate.
We’re not tied to one lender so you can be sure we’ll get the best deal for you, from the bank or building society right for you.
We provide finance on both residential and Buy to Let property and can assist whether your looking to buy your first home, looking to re-mortgage or refinancing and restructuring your portfolio of buy-to-let properties. Our advisers are here to help.
We advise customers nationally from the Scottish Islands to the Isle of Wight and cover all the regions within the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland.
Typically, we best assist clients with non-standard requirements and those we successfully help, generally face some sort of difficulty in the mortgage market. They seek not to be penalised for this difficulty and we look to secure them highly competitive, mainstream rates by asking our lenders to take an holistic view of their circumstances.
As expected, we offer all the usual mainstream products all standard mortgage advisers offer, but more importantly, we look to place cases of a more complex and specialist nature. This includes the self-employed, those with difficult income streams, contractors, unusual properties, foreign nationals, British ex pats abroad, overseas diplomats and those recently divorced.
We have long term relationships with nearly all the major UK lenders and have built strong trusted connections with lender underwriters at both a local and national level. Many of these key partners, prove the key to the success sometimes extending the parameters of their advertised lending criteria to assist our clients.
The promise of a rate is not the same as actually delivering a formal mortgage offer in the exact same terms. Our promise is our guarantee and many of our published independent client testimonials, confirm our ability to both deliver and help.
Alongside mortgage finance, our advisers will find you competitive life insurance, critical illness cover and income protection as well as being on hand to advise on a range of company and business insurance options.
Your Capital Fortune broker will be regularly on hand, not just through the process, but afterwards, sometimes, when you may need us most. We don’t just want you undertake the one transaction with us but seek to build a long term relationship and many of our clients have been with us for many years.
We seek to ensure the best possible results for those who choose to use us.
We totally appreciate we are not right for everyone. There are a range of other mortgage brokers in the UK but we hope that on searching through our website, viewing our published rates and transparency, that you will obtain a clear sense of how we operate and how we will look to assist you obtain the most affordable and suitable deal.
Our mortgages are here for all to see and if general information is all you need, you can search yourself here.
However, if you need the assistance of our broker team, we are here to help.
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